Transferring a Kentucky Title from One Owner to Another
When transferring a vehicle title from one party to another you will need the following documents and information:
Kentucky Certificate of Title (Seller and buyer Signature Notarized)
Picture Identification is required
Lien Release if applicable
SSN or Kentucky DL # for the owner/buyer
Current address for owner/buyer
Owner/Buyers birth month
Lien filing information if applicable
Lien release if applicable (Transfer cannot be processed with active liens)
Kentucky Certificate of title (see example).
Please note if the seller does not sign the title(s) and/or TC96-182 (Download Link Below) and have it notarized, then the state requires that the buyer pay 6% sales tax on 100% of the retail book value, instead of half of trade-in/purchase price of the vehicle.
If the paperwork is properly signed and notarized see the link to Usage Tax
|Cick Here for Example|
|Download TC 96-182|
The seller is responsible for any and all property taxes due on the vehicle they are selling. The buyer will not pay property tax until after they have had the vehicle titled in their name(s) as of January 1 of the following year.
*Note to buyer: If the seller does not pay the taxes on the vehicle to be transferred and they are delinquent, then the buyer will have to pay the taxes in order to transfer the vehicle into their name.
Once the transfer is complete the buyer will be given a new vehicle registration in their name at the Clerk’s Office, then the new title will be mailed to the new owner 2 to 6 weeks after date of transfer.
*Note to seller: Signing the back of a title and having it notarized does not automatically transfer the vehicle to the new owner. The title must be taken to a Motor Vehicle Office and physically transferred in the Kentucky Motor Vehicle system. The seller is still legally liable for the vehicle and taxes until the transfer has been completed. It is always recommended that both the buyer and the seller be together for the transfer, to ensure all documentation has been properly processed.
*Note: We advise both seller and buyer to be present to transfer ownership of a title.
An unlimited number of applications can be submitted. (Speed Titles are $25.00)
Speed Title Pick-up:
Monday - Friday, 11am to 4pm
Available for pick-up on the second business day after initial application is made.
To Pick up someone else's title will require a power of attorney.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
200 Mero St.
Frankfort, Kentucky 40622